So you’ve got a set of the best darts on the market, and now you need to find the perfect flights to go along with them. Of course performance is the most important thing, but you want flights with character too. You want a design that shows your personality as well as helps you to play the best game you possibly can.
The design part is going to have to all come from you. As for the shape of the flight and what it can do to help or hinder your game? Read on.
Flights generally come in two different shapes: standard and slim. Each shape comes with a unique set of things it will do for your shoot.
1. Standard flights
This is the most common and largest style of flights. These are for those shooters who prefer to throw with less force or simply lob their dart at the board. They work best on steel tipped darts, heavy darts, or darts with a long shaft. This is because heavy darts don’t require as much force to stick to the board. The larger flights will give the dart more air time that lighter throw.
These can also help to stabilize and straighten your throw. When you throw, and your dart sticks to the board with the flights pointing towards the ground, you’re going to want to increase the size of your flights. The added drag will push the shaft upward and correct the downward angle. In a perfect world, your dart will hit the board at a flat angle, or at least with the flights tipped upwards.
Also, long shafts have a propensity to “fish-tail” through the air. The stabilizing effect of the standard flight should help to correct this.
2. Slim flights
These are smaller than the standard flights and are ideal for those who throw their darts with some amount of force. This is for lighter darts and short shafts. Soft tips work best with these as well, because they require a harder throw in order to stick to the board.
If the angle of your flights tilts upwards more than ten degrees, switching to a smaller flight is what you need. Smaller flights reduce drag and allow the end of the dart to slightly drop.
Slim flights also help reduce the chances of the dart not sticking to the board.
There are many other flight shapes, but they all generally fall into these two categories. These include: combat, pear, vortex, and fantail. They can be larger than standard or smaller than slim. It’s all about analyzing your throw and then trying out each size. When you go into your local dart store, the clerks should be able to provide you with more advice and which size flight will help you the most. But it is always advisable to have an idea of what you want or need before taking the trip.
Once you find the right flight size, pick out your design and get to shooting!